Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

When considering gift-giving options this holiday season, more is not always better, say two U-M faculty members who have studied what they refer to as the "presenter's paradox." Stephen Garcia, associate professor of psychology and organizational studies, and Norbert Schwarz, Charles Horton Cooley Collegiate Professor of Psychology and professor of marketing, explain why bundling a less-expensive item with a luxury gift can diminish the impact of the overall package.

U-M prepares for spring rollout of Google Apps for Education
In preparation for the introduction of Google Apps for Education in the spring of 2012, NextGen Michigan has launched a new website to assist students, faculty and staff in their transition to the new tools. It will contain training materials and special resources for administrative support and technology staff, as well as schedules, access to updates and other information.

State agency orders hearing on status of GSRAs
The question of whether graduate student research assistants are U-M employees under state labor law now will go to a hearing before a state administrative law judge. The Michigan Employment Relations Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to order a hearing. In September MERC dismissed a petition to unionize GSRAs. Tuesday's decision came after MERC was asked to reconsider that decision by the Graduate Employees' Organization, the union that hopes to represent GSRAs.

More than 1,000 employees now are working at NCRC
The North Campus Research Complex now is the workplace for 1,044 employees. 
In the less than two years since 30 Medical School Institutional Review Board staffers became the first group to move to the NCRC, many more have followed suit. They include research support and core services, cardiovascular researchers, business development services and two public companies. About 150-160 of those working at NCRC are new hires.

NBA names U-M sports neurologist to lead new concussion program
U-M sports neurologist Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher has been chosen to direct the National Basketball Association's newly instituted concussion-management program. The program is designed to safeguard the neurological health of NBA players through a comprehensive framework of education, clinical management and data collection and analysis.

Employees can consent now to receive an electronic W-2 form
U-M employees can consent now to receive an electronic PDF copy of their 2011 U-M Form W-2 instead of an identical mailed copy.

The Michigan Difference

From Milan to Marquette
With the largest graduate medical education program in the state, U-M graduates are spread across Michigan, occupying cities both large and small. The current edition of Medicine at Michigan profiles four such physicians, Dr. Nathan Taylor, a hand-and-wrist surgeon in Marquette; Dr. Carla Zahuranec, a family doctor in Milan; Dr. Desiree Seeyave, who practices pediatric emergency medicine in Flint; and Dr. Richard Ohye, part of the next generation of U-M medical educators helping to train residents and medical students.